The Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad headed to Derby this week to honor a group that donates its time to the elderly.
The mission took the squad to a senior center where it was tipped off about several very deserving volunteers.
The squad told the ladies that WFSB were there to interview them about what they do at the Derby Senior Center.
“I help set the table when I come in,” said Gen Elliott of Derby. “And then after the lunch I help clear it.”
Betty Lally and Grace Texteria make beautiful quilts that are auctioned off each year.
“[It’s] a lot of work,” Lally said. “Little pieces of material that fit together [and] form a block.”
Then there’s 95-year-old Helen Ploski, who said she stays young by keeping busy.
“Get involved. Go, join an organization, help people,” Ploski said. “Like when I volunteer, it makes me feel good, I know I'm helping somebody.”
“They're very hardworking and dedicated, and never want anything in return,” said Sarah Muoio, director of the Derby Senior Center. “So they would never ask for anything. To do something like this just makes them feel appreciated.”
Several pastries later, it was time to be truthful.
The Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad revealed its identity and hand out Big Y gift cards to treat them to groceries and dinner.
“I was taken aback by this,” said Lally. “This was a wonderful treat.”
“This is great,” said Ploski. “I can do my shopping. I'll be there Friday.”
“It's a special honor, and a special treat,” said Annie Miller of Derby. “God bless you.”
There were a couple of others who are also instrumental at the senior center. However, they couldn’t make it for the surprise.
They are Joseph and Joyce Parent.
The squad made sure they received our gifts. Photos were sent back to WFSB showing the smiles on their faces.
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